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Yes, I would like to.
Thank you for the reply. :) Do you have a particular language in mind? If you don't mind the question.
French and Russian, though the latter would be much more difficult as they use a different alphabet.
Both seem like very good choices to learn. :)
I have a fun idea for learning. You can use children's literature, combining text and audiobook versions. If it's a famous work that's already in the public domain, you can usually find the text online, as well as audiobook versions made by YouTube users. For example, for French, there is The Little Prince. So you can read the text with an online dictionary and listen to the audiobook!
It's time consuming, of course, but that probably can't be helped.
That's actually not a bad idea, once you have some basics in a language. There are apps you can get for many languages that can be very helpful as well. I have already downloaded some for French and hope to devote some time to it this winter.
That's true, you need to have some basics in the language first. Apps can be very helpful for that and also to help reinforce knowledge along the way.
btw, here are some links for The Little Prince
Learned some Portugese and Spanish but found it difficult...
I took 2 years of Spanish in high school - remember about half a dozen words. Tried to learn Italian before going over there, and gave it up. My mind simply isn't wired for other languages like some people are.
Thank you for the reply. :) I, too, have taken Spanish in school (1 year in elementary school and 2 in high school) and gained very little from that. I think that our minds are all naturally wired for other languages, it's just that we need a lot of motivation (which is something that school often fails to give us), and a learning method that's enjoyable and that we're willing to do every day (which involves finding a lot of interesting content to read and listen, maybe making friends to talk to, among other possibilities).
I guess that's possible, but I really did want to learn some Italian since I was going there, and my mother was a first generation Italian American - sadly, her parents didn't speak Italian when they got here and didn't teach their children since they wanted to assimilate into the American culture.
I think some people are wired for languages, though. A friend that my older son knew in school was very fluent in about hald a dozen languages and learned them just for the fun of learning them. For me, it was work.
I used to be pretty good with German and Russian, but that was a while ago.
Check out duolingo.com - it's a really good site.
I have heard good things about duolingo, but haven't tried it yet. Thank you for the tip!
I also recommend lingosteve's YouTube channel on how to learn languages.
I learnt Welsh which is not exactly foreign since I am Welsh.Thats on Duolingo as well.
Thank you for the reply. :) I've heard that one of the longest one-word place names in the world is in Welsh: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
It is. Made up by some local businessmen in the 19 th century.
Yup. English, French (I don't remember most of it), now Spanish.
I wish you the same success with Spanish that you've achieved with English. :)
Thank you :)
I know a few languages just well enough to hold a basic conversation, order a meal in a restaurant and so on. I learned German and French while growing up and since living in the US I have learned basic Spanish but I am no expert on any of them.
I took two years of French in high school ... still pretty inept! Currently dabbling in Irish Gaelic.
I have studied Latin, French, Russian, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, German, Japanese, and Spanish. I live on the Mexican border and two of my brothers married Mexican girls. And I STILL can't get anybody to practice any one of those languages with.
I gave up on Arabic when I learned that even native speakers and famous orators can't speak it correctly. I gave up on Chinese when I realized that the first 13 lessons were only on how to draw the characters, without learning a single word.
Foreign languages, like math, are not forte.
I have tried learning (and am still SOMEWHAT learning) French, Mandarin (Chinese) and Japanese. I'm taking it super slow. It's almost as if I just quit learning them because I spend so much time on other things nowadays. I dunno. It's usually tough to learn a language, let alone master it, especially if those around you speak any other language but the one you're learning. xD
Thank you for joining. :)
Japanese is a beautiful language. I'm also trying to learn it.
Yep, it's really a major challenge to learn a language. It requires a lot of time and effort, to find material for reading and listening, people to write / talk to, and so on. It can be really easy to forget new words (I can forget them moments after looking them up), so, to absorb anything, it's necessary to be in constant contact with the language. That can be hard when you have a lot of other things to do throughout the day.
An awesome mentor for language learning is Steve Kauffman - he has a bunch of videos on YouTube. (He sells a product that applies his ideas, but his advices are generally applicable even without buying his product)
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